The Schofield Ford Covered Bridge

The covered bridge in Tyler park is not such a dark place after all.

The Schofield Ford bridge in Tyler park is not your typical covered bridge.  First of all: It's not red.  Most covered bridges in Bucks County are painted red.  Second of all: It is not original.  This bridge was destroyed by fire in 1991 and rebuilt a few years after.

So although it may not have as much historic charm as many of the other covered bridges in our area it is interesting to visit nonetheless.  This is a fairly long and dark bridge, as it crosses an especially shallow and wide section of the Neshaminy Creek.  The diamond-shaped "windows" that are formed by crossbeams let in just enough light to see where you are going - and also to avoid certain deposits left by the many horses that pass through.

The area around the bridge is calm and relaxing, and often attracts anglers and artists (as well as photographers like myself).  The tall trees in this area turn beautiful colors in the fall, making this scene especially nice.  When the snow falls in winter everything is covered in a quiet blanket of white.

The photo I added was made using the HDR technique, and the beautiful detail of the wood construction really comes through - something you really can't appreciate in person.

You can either walk through the park to find this bridge, or as most people do you can drive down Swamp Road, past Bucks County Community College, to the "back" entrance that leads down to the bridge.  Visit this bridge throughout the year and you will not be disappointed.

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